Overall, fewer than four-in-10 voters — 39 percent — think Trump should end his presidential campaign, while only slightly more voters, 45 percent, think he should not drop out. [Politico]
ON THE DEFENSIVE over the Trump tape — there is far more than one — Reince Priebus and Kellyanne Conway ducked out of the Sunday shows.
We learn today what we already knew. Trump supporters, which equal about “four-in-10 voters,” aren’t leaving The Donald. This is not news.
As for ducking out of facing his own predations, Donald won’t have that luxury tonight.
The first set of questions at Sunday night’s presidential debate will be about Donald Trump’s vulgar comments on a newly published 2005 videotape, and the fallout from it. And Hillary Clinton will get the first question. – Brian Stelter [CNN]
If you saw Alex Castellanos and Mary Matalin on ABC “This Week” today, you likely noticed that both were working their hardest to save Congress. Their mantra was “Trump still has a chance.”
“He’s struggling to get above 40 percent,” said long-time GOP pollster Glen Bolger. “This could cost him a couple of points. He’s going to get 38 to 40 percent of the vote in swing areas, and swing states, and there’s a huge chasm between that and what Republicans running for Senate or House needs to win.” [The Atlantic]
After Trump re-tweeted Juanita Broaddrick, Republicans have to be girding for the worst tonight.
You know it’s bad when the candidate’s wife is too embarrassed to stand by her man. From Maggie Haberman
Inside the tower on Saturday, different plans of action were discussed. Mr. Trump and his advisers considered a joint television interview that he and Ms. Trump would give to a major network, an echo of the 1992 appearance by the Clintons on “60 Minutes” after Gennifer Flowers claimed that she had had an affair with Mr. Clinton.
The deliberations over a possible interview were moving ahead despite Ms. Trump’s lack of interest in appearing on camera. But then Nancy O’Dell, the former “Access Hollywood” host whom Mr. Trump had lewdly described in the recording, issued a statement denouncing his comments. And then more tapes of Mr. Trump speaking crudely about women, this time on “The Howard Stern Show,” turned up on television.
The discussions about the interview were quickly dropped.